Sarah & Simon Sorkin, Battle Cancer Ambassadors
Story of Sarah Sorkin
My mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2015, in February of 2016 she was told it was terminal and she had 3-6 months to live.
This was obviously a terrifying and emotional time for everyone. My first piece of advice to her was to give Macmillan a call and see what advice they could give with any help that she might need in the future. They advised her on what help she can get with regards to mobility. When my mum took a turn for the worse a very short time later my step dad contacted them. My mum was so ill that my step dad would be too worried to leave the room or to go to sleep in case something happened to her, they put him in contact with an amazing hospice (St Barnabas), together they came up with a care plan and we were so lucky to be in a certain catchment area where it would only be a few hours that my mum didnt have a nurse with her.
Unfortunately my mums battle with cancer so extremely brief, she died on March 9th 2016. Although the pain is still there, she support that she received was second to none and I couldn’t of asked for anything more.
I found Battle Cancer at the right time, exactly when I needed it most. I cant quite remember how I came across it, but it was for the Raise the titanic Event. I singed up immediately… I always had to keep myself busy, it I stayed too still it hurt so much. I told my mum about it, she thought i was lovely but crazy.
I found Battle Cancer at the right time, exactly when I needed it most. I cant quite remember how I came across it, but it was for the Raise the titanic Event. I singed up immediately… I always had to keep myself busy, it I stayed too still it hurt so much. I told my mum about it, she thought i was lovely but crazy. In fact one of her last Facebook posts was of her sharing the event and asking for sponsorship (i have attached a screen shot), my mum never made it to the event of hear how we got on, she died 3 weeks before the event. Although the day was an emotional one for me, I enjoyed every minute, everyone was friendly, supportive and I made some good friends.
I then also signed up for seaside showdown, which was a weight lifting event but my true love lies in Crossfit, So after speaking to Scott and him telling me all about Battle Cancer, I knew I had to help, I was too late to sign up with a team but as a certified Crossfit judge I could still be apart of the event and help raise valuable money to Macmillan. Once again, i had a fab time, but was itching to take part as an athlete… as soon as tickets went on sale for Battle Cancer 2018 i signed up!
Without Crossfit, i don’t think I would of made it through the darkest times of my life, Battle Cancer is an amazing way for me to focus my energies into something I love while raising money at the same time… Its perfect! Please never stop doing what you do and I will always strive to help you as much as I can…
Few words from Simon Sorkin (husband of Sarah)
I first became aware of Battle Cancer when my wife brought them to my attention via a different event. Raise The Titanic in 2016. The event was in aid of MacMillan Cancer and as this was a charity very close to my wife, and of course myself, we wanted to help (and be part of a World Record attempt, who wouldn’t?).
MacMillan were extremely supportive and compassionate with my wife’s mother during her fight against pancreatic cancer. Her husband, I feel, would not have coped as well as he did during this very emotional and distressing time without their help.
Despite Macmillan’s nurses selfless support my wife’s mother lost her battle with cancer.
As a result of this we became good friends with Scott (and later Pete) of Battle Cancer and we have continued to support them in their quest to raise funds and awareness for the charity that is so supportive of this debilitating disease.
The Battle Cancer team are a very positive and inspiring group of people who make everyone feel welcome and actively encourage anyone to help their cause no matter how small the contribution.
My wife and I have now competed in or volunteered to help with 3 events, Raise the Titanic 2016, Lift for Cancer (Seaside Showdown) 2017 and Battle Cancer 2017 and every time despite the seriousness and worthwhile reason behind the events we have had a lot of fun and met a lot of new people and helped to raise a lot of money for the charity.
I myself have Multiple Sclerosis and do whatever I can to help others who are less fortunate than me with their health. Fortunately at the moment I am able to lead a straightforward life and can help others. So if like my wife and I you are able to help in anyway with Battle Cancer 2018 or any future events, contact the very friendly Battle Cancer Team (they don’t bite) and sign up to their great events.
Their events are always a fun and friendly time … and you might just get fit at the same time!!